Tom Hanks loses himself in the role of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is equally superb as P.L. (Pam) Travers. The settings and clothes take you back to the sixties when Walt was determined to get the book rights from Travers to make “Mary Poppins”. To say Travers is difficult to work with is like saying Mickey Mouse has big ears! However, Disney is determined to learn why she is so protective over her creation and why she dictates certain restrictions be in the contract. In fact, she insists that the conversations be tape recorded. An interesting part of the film takes place during the credits when the voice of the real Travers is heard coming from the old recorder it was taped on. The movie features flashbacks of young Travers and her life in Australia circa 1906 and beyond. She adored her father (played by Colin Farrell in the movie and he turns in a strong performance) and several scenes of their bonding moments are included in the picture.
The movie features humor, terrific music, and wonderful performances not to mention a fabulous story. We also learn more about Mr. Walt Disney himself as well as a secret about his father. A few clips from “Mary Poppins” are featured in the film.
Unfortunately, the film is blemished by a single blasphemy which prevents us from awarding it the Dove Seal .